News & Analysis

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    A War Nerd Thanksgiving: All you drunks, be thankful you’re not in Kuwait

    KUWAIT CITY—Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait. That doesn’t mean there’s no alcohol here. The place is swimming in it. It’s just illegal. And that’s where the grim fun called Prohibition gets down to business. My favorite thing about the booze ban is watching you drunks stumble around embarrassing yourselves worse than any druggie trying to score in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Shame, humiliation—that’s one thing about Prohibition that most people don’t get. It’s just so goddamn embarrassing. And back in the…
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    European Parliament votes to break up Google

    The European Parliament has voted to break Google into multiple companies. The vote isn’t binding — Google doesn’t yet have to figure out how to divide itself into a few parts. But it does show that the parliament’s members are serious about wanting the rest of the European Union to bring formal antitrust charges against the company. [Source: The New York Times]
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    GoDrone: active camera company reportedly developing UAVs

    The Wall Street Journal reports that GoPro, the company best known for the wearable cameras that allow their users to film sporting events from their perspectives, is working on camera-equipped drones. The devices are expected to be available to consumers “late next year” and will cost “between $500 and $1,000.” [Source: The Wall Street Journal]
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    The back of your iPhone’s about to get a whole lot prettier

    A new law will allow companies to include mandatory labels from the Federal Communications Commission in software menus instead of on the back of the device, a move which has been described as bringing the law requiring all those icons into the 21st century. Now Apple won’t have to be pissed every time it designs a phone and then has to stamp the FCC labels on after the fact. [Source: The Hill]
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    The ACLU weighs in on Uber, but underestimates its power

    From Senators to late night talk show hosts, the chorus of voices responding to Uber’s controversy over targeting and tracking journalists keeps growing. And now the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in — and while its calls for Uber to strengthen user privacy protections and release regular transparency reports are sound prescriptions, I wonder if the ACLU isn’t downplaying the seriousness of Uber’s transgressions. For example, Senior Policy Analyst Jay Stanley says Uber’s brazen flouting of good data stewardship…
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    S. Korea’s Baedal Minjok raises $36M from Goldman Sachs to become the GrubHub of Asia

    As American prepare for their Thanksgiving feast, South Korea’s dining industry is making headlines of its own. Woowa Brothers, the company behind hit mobile food delivery service Baedal Minjok – Korean for “Delivery Nation” – has raised 40 billion Korean won ($36 million) in Series D funding via a round led by Goldman Sachs. The round follows closely on the heels of a 12 billion won ($11 million) funding round in March. Seoul, which resembles New York in…
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    Welcome to the big-phone era: Study shows phone size directly impacts content consumption behavior

    It’s been two months since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale. And while we quickly learned that consumers preferred the svelte-by-comparison, 4.7-inch model 3-to-1 over its larger, 5.5-inch phablet sibling, it’s taken a little bit longer to decipher how the various form factors would affect device usage. Today, we get a glimpse into this new behavior, courtesy of Pocket, the social content management application. Digging into data across more than 2 million pieces of content opened…
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    Startups Anonymous: Quit Acting Like a Startup Douche

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] One of the things I dislike…
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    How Comcast and HP are corrupting elections in America

    Hey kids, want to learn how to rig an election? You could try to bribe ballot counters or conjure some intricate voter ID scam. But why bother when there’s a perfectly legal way to ensure the outcome of countless Congressional races across America: Redistricting. For decades, Republicans and Democrats have gone to staggeringly creative lengths to redraw Congressional lines in ways that pack like-minded voters into the same district, while separating citizens who are likely to vote for the rival party across multiple districts to…
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    White knight Kraken swoops in to aid in Mt. Gox investigation and eventual liquidation

    The Japanese Trustee handling the Mt. Gox bankruptcy has turned to the bitcoin community for help in his investigation. During a hearing in Tokyo District Court, Trustee Kobayashi announced that San Francisco exchange startup Kraken will be supporting the now 10-month-old investigation. “The outcome of the Mt Gox bankruptcy proceedings will deeply affect the Bitcoin community as a whole,” Kraken CEO Jesse Powell said in a statement earlier today. “We’ve decided to volunteer our resources and expertise…
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    Union seeks better working conditions for Apple security guards

    A union is pushing for Apple to improve the working conditions of the security guards and hire them from a different, more reputable contractor, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The union wants to help workers all across the Valley, but it’s focusing on Apple because it wants the company to “be the leader” in the movement to give blue collar employees a modicum of the respect afforded to tech workers. [Source: San Jose Mercury News]
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    “I will say one thing about the Internet—it’s really transformative. It’s really brought these issues into people’s lives. [The Internet has] pulled away the curtain, and it’s made it easier for us to say: ‘This happens all the time. This is what women are living with in their homes, or on their computer, or in the classroom, or on the street.’ And we’ve never been able to do that before. It’s really a powerful thing.”

    — Media critic Soraya Chemaly

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    European regulators wants to expand the “right to be forgotten”

    European regulators have settled on a new proposal that will force Google to remove links taken down through the “right to be forgotten” ruling issued earlier this year from the Google.com website in addition to Europe-specific URLs such as Google.co.uk in an effort to ensure that the links really are removed from the public’s view. [Source: Bloomberg]
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    UN resolution puts the US at odds with the rest of the world over mass surveillance

    The United Nations on Tuesday passed a resolution determining that privacy is a basic human right, placing the international organization at direct odds with the United States, which voted earlier this month to stop a bill curbing National Security Agency programs from advancing in the Senate. The UN also said that the programs have a deleterious effect on freedom of expression. The resolution is the latest example of foreign governments and their representatives taking issue with the surveillance operations conducted by the…
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    Ashes, ashes, we all fall down: Amazon cuts the Fire Phone’s price again

    Amazon has reduced the price of its unlocked Fire Phone to $199. That’s what most consumers pay for smartphones with a two-year contract to a wireless carrier. At this rate, it’s only going to be a few months before Amazon offers people money to take the Fire Phone off its hands. You might think Amazon would at least nix the free year of Amazon Prime — which costs $99 per year for most consumers — with this latest price reduction.…
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